EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 6, 2013

Central's Devanney commits to Elon

MVC large division MVP commits before junior year

Hector Longo

---- — To make the most out of his high school baseball and academic career, Cam Devanney drives daily from Amherst, N.H., to Central Catholic in Lawrence.

The four-year commitment to shift south to Elon, North Carolina?

“Aw, that will be a breeze,” said Devanney, who will enter his junior year at Central knowing exactly what his future holds.

Devanney picked up a 50 percent scholarship offer from Division 1 Elon University back a couple weeks ago at the Diamond Nation AAU Tournament in New Jersey.

This week, he decided to take coach Mike Kennedy up on the offer, accepting the deal to become a member of the Phoenix Class of 2019.

“They were just what I was looking for. To me, it was a no-brainer,” said Devanney, the reigning Merrimack Valley Conference large division MVP. “Good baseball program, good conference, beautiful field on campus, great academics.”

Devanney has poured his heart into baseball, and the early offer is something that didn’t surprise his high school coach, Marc Pelletier.

“You knew something would happen this summer. The kid has 75 days off this summer, and I think he has four days that don’t involve competitive baseball,” said Pelletier. “He certainly has opened some eyes, first by winning the MVP of our conference and now this. I couldn’t be prouder of him. He puts the work in. I’m thrilled for him.”

Devanney, a middle infielder by trade, played shortstop all spring for the Raiders, batting .408 with 17 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He helped lead the Raiders to a co-championship.

In the classroom, he’s done the work as well, posting a 3.9 GPA and scoring a 173 on the PSAT.

Devanney, reached by phone last night from the national tourney in Georgia, noted he’s relieved to have the path carved, despite the fact that he’s only half the way through high school.

“Deciding early has always been my goal. I wanted to know early,” said Devanney, who had been talking with Boston College and Northeastern. “I don’t want to have to worry about. Like I said, as soon as I saw this offer, I knew it was a no-brainer.”